Explore the most popular trails in Washington Park Arboretum with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

The Marsh Island trail is very muddy. Bring appropriate shoes.

walking
2 months ago

good walk (December) but the picture with water is not right unless I go towards Foster islands.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

good trail

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
scramble
5 months ago

It was short, shoes got dusty nothing much to see besides the water, the water in the beginning is dirty and polluted

hiking
5 months ago

Great urban hike with wonderful plants, water life, and a Japanese garden.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Nice hike. Some of the steps to observation piers could use maintenance, and Marsh Island was a bit muddy but not too bad.

hiking
6 months ago

super cool trail where you'll get to see a ton of water fowl and vegetation. the boardwalk over the lake is well kept and so fun to walk on! some of the best views of Seattle water living!

hiking
7 months ago

Its great fun! Gentle walking on a somewhat spongy peat moss like path, with metal walk ways between the islands. Ducks and geese enjoy the surrounding water and the lilly pad flowers are in full bloom right now —- July 26th.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

walking
muddy
8 months ago

Extremely muddy on Marsh Island and my white sneakers were kind of destroyed. Either prepare rubber boots or choose a right day! But overall speaking, nice view of Lake Washington.

closed
muddy
8 months ago

....not passable today eastbound farther than the middle of appropriately named Marsh Island. The sign by the bridge to the island said the trail was flooded. It was. As far as it went, it was a pretty walk... water lilies blooming, birds and butterflies....

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Marshy island is muddy. Can’t get to the lookout or boardwalk without serious mud.

hiking
off trail
11 months ago

Nice trail thru the garden.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Mon Sep 24 2018

Scenic trip - great trail surface. Views of the lake are stunning especially on a beautiful Fall day. I could see it being muddy if it had recently rained. We combined this along with the Washington Arboretum trail which made for a nice long walk/hike.

walking
Mon Sep 17 2018

Little muddy though. Went in June.

hiking
Wed Jun 27 2018

Too muddy in some area. Walking through swamps is fine but for biking? No. Maybe in summer it will be better because the trail would be drier. Other than that, it has great lake view. I will come back again if it’s not so muddy.

hiking
Sat May 19 2018

It's a short walk with an amazing splash of colors. Perfect for a family walk or a quick photo backdrop for couples.

on Azalea Way

walking
Sat May 12 2018

5/12/2018 (Saturday) - Azalea bloom not as impressive as last year. Walk from new parking lot by the new bike path at the south end of Azalea Way. Walk to Foster Island lakeside, but return from the muddy section.

walking
Thu Feb 08 2018

good walk. we did it with our dog on leash in january. (bit muddy on the islands but good)

running
Thu May 18 2017

The section of trail on marsh island is currently closed because of high water levels. It is super muddy/ not passable.

on Azalea Way

walking
Tue May 09 2017

5/9/2017 (Tuesday) - Bus 48, 24th/Calhoun stop, 1 mile in the park. Azalea blooms. Sunny and warm afternoon. Few visitors there.

hiking
Mon Apr 04 2016

Nice easy afternoon hike with family after work. Trail is muddy, not surprising, as most is a marsh. Bridges need some repair, but nice wetland ecology in the city. Frogs, turtles and lots of birds in the heart of Seattle.

walking
Mon May 19 2014

It was a fun walk with our family (7 kids ages 8-18). They all enjoyed. Some were upset about all the mud they had to walk through, but after they all reconciled themselves to the fact that it was a trail of mud everyone had a great time. Yes at this time of year there was a lot of mud. At several points in the trail you had no choice but to walk in mud several inches deep. I think the best footwear is beach shoes, rubber boots, or sandals. Or if you have the feet for it just go barefoot. We started from East Montlake Park and didn't go past the last island. For that area it was all flat, so no climbing hills.

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